Car Rental Advice

Welcome to Green Motion Car and Van Rental’s Advice page. Please view the articles below in order to get the best advice and guidance on hiring a vehicle. Our objective is to provide you with informative step by step guides including pre and post Car Rental advice and recommendations to ensure a stress free and enjoyable rental experience.

Can I use my debit card?

Can I use my debit card?

​If you are a regular hirer, you will often see during the booking process or on your booking voucher that as well as providing two forms of identification including your valid driving licence, that you are also required to present a credit card in the driver’s name. Providing a valid credit card in the driver’s name is a fairly standard requirement across most vehicle rental companies. So, why a credit card and not a debit card?

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5 Damage Hotspots to inspect before signing your car rental contract
How to Avoid and Manage Penalty Charge Notices (PCN’s)

How to Avoid and Manage Penalty Charge Notices (PCN’s)

When travelling abroad it is advisable that you research the local road safety and traffic rules before you travel. While you may have the best intentions, if you don’t know the rules of the road in the country you’re driving in, you could inadvertently break the law, resulting in a fine or your licence being confiscated.

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Differences Between Third Party Excess Reimbursement Policies and Car Rental Company’s Insurance Packages

Differences Between Third Party Excess Reimbursement Policies and Car Rental Company’s Insurance Packages

When hiring a car through a price comparison website, you will often be given the option to purchase “Full Insurance”. Below is an explanation of the difference between the insurances offered by third parties, and insurances that are offered directly by the car rental company, so that you can make a knowledgeable decision regarding which option is best for you.

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A guide to inspecting your rental car before you hire

A guide to inspecting your rental car before you hire

When renting a car from any car hire supplier it is advisable that you inspect both the interior and exterior the car to establish the condition of the vehicle prior to commencing your rental. Before signing off on a rental car, you should make sure you are happy with the condition of the car as stated on the vehicle condition report, and that it is a true and fair representation. Typically, regardless of the supplier, you will likely be held liable for any noted change in the vehicle’s condition whilst it is in your custody.

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Understanding Hire Car Damage Costs and How to Minimise Them

Understanding Hire Car Damage Costs and How to Minimise Them

​Damage to hire cars and the costs charged by car rental companies to repair them are common topics discussed via social media and in the press. What is often overlooked or not asked is why these costs are so seemingly high and how they can be avoided. When hiring a car, as customers, we are given the option to fully inspect the vehicle prior to hire and ensure that the condition of the car is in line with the vehicle condition report that is completed in our presence. However, we are so often in a rush to get to our final destination that this major step is not given the time or detail that it requires.

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Renting a car: Be prepared and informed

Renting a car: Be prepared and informed

​Search engines and price comparison sites offer great deals in terms of finding a rental car that meet our requirements and budgets. When booking online we are often so ‘blind-sided’ by the price that the terms and conditions of the rental are often overlooked. When booking a hire car, it is essential to read and review the terms & conditions, as well as the details of the rental contract so that you know what to expect when collecting your car and that you are fully aware of any terms or restrictions.

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